GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine Huskies' women's basketball team gathered together before the start of their official season this past weekend to volunteer some of their time and gardening skills as part of the 2018 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Day of Service. Initiated in 2016, the WBCA Day of Service aims to encourage women's basketball programs across the nation, including NCAA Divisions I, II and III, to give back to their community.
As part of the WBCA Day of Service initiative, the Huskies' women's basketball team chose to volunteer their time lending a hand and saying thanks to the University's Facilities Management crew. Finding time between their classes, clinical hours, strength & conditioning workouts, part-time jobs, and various other commitments, the Huskies met at Hill Gym and headed down to Ed Flaherty field and took to the task of weeding the warning track. From custodial services, grounds maintenance, energy and utility services, mechanical trades, sustainability, and more, the University's Facilities Management department is vital to nearly every facet of a successful athletics operation, and Huskies' women's basketball chose to use its day of service to say thanks and hopefully tick off one of the many items on the grounds crews' checklist.
"Every year our facilities crew does tremendous work to not only keep our campus beautiful, and safe – especially during some of those winter storms – but in helping prepare our fields and competitive arenas for game day," said women's basketball junior guard Katie Howe (New Boston, N.H./Goffstown). "The WBCA Day of Service was a great way to get together as a team, have some fun, and pitch in to keep our campus in great shape by weeding some of our athletic fields and picking up trash." READ MORE